6 reasons why you should ask to start using CAT Tools, today!

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Not all translators are accustomed to using CAT Tools even though some programs such as Trados SDL have been around for over a quarter of a century! It has some serious benefits: not only do they help provide high quality translations, but they also allow translators and clients to save a considerable amount of time […]

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Centennial Copa América: A Tall Cup of Terminology

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Once again, everybody is excited about the Centennial Copa América (or Copa América Centenario, if you prefer). Throughout the month of June, the eyes of football (Yes! “Football,” although, since the Cup is being hosted by the United States of America, perhaps we should concede and call it “soccer”) fans in Latin America are focused […]

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What Are Pidgin Languages?

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A pidgin language is a language based on two or more languages and which has a practical and immediate purpose. It usually arises in diverse situations of contact between speakers, such as trade or slavery –where at least two groups must communicate with each other despite not sharing a common language. While there is little […]

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Portmanteau: More than a Coatrack and a Suitcase

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The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines portmanteau as (1) a large suitcase or (2) “a word or morpheme whose form and meaning are derived from a blending of two or more distinct forms (as smog from smoke and fog).” In this blog post, we will be exploring the second definition provided by this famous dictionary, although […]

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The Creation of the Dothraki Language

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Ever wondered what languages the characters of Game of Thrones speak? Following the release of Game of Thrones’ latest season and my fanaticism, I began reading a bit about the featured languages spoken in the series, particularly by the Dothraki people and Daenerys Targaryen. The idea of the Dothraki language dates back to George R.R […]

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More on Geographical Name Conversion: The Process of Translation – Part II

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We have explored transliteration, transcription, and exonymization; three of the four methods of geographical name conversion as established by the “Manual for the National Standardization of Geographical Names” by the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names. More recently, we started looking at the translation of geographical names; which is actually the third of […]

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Languages in the Afterlife

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Who hasn’t heard of the famous Spirit of the Glass game? There are many rumors and fantastical or sinister stories around it, but the idea is the same: communicating with people who have passed. The theory is simple, spirits need the energy of at least 3 people that invite them to communicate. The letters of […]

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